There's definitely a pattern of sorts going on here in this CW fights where one fighter has to drain huge amounts of weight to get down to fighting weight and face opponents at a weight that is far more comfortable for the smaller man than it is for the bigger man.
Last night we witnessed a near carbon copy of how Oscar reacted when he faced Pacquiao in Chavez Jr, he was not even able to pull the trigger. It was unreal the similarities that I saw in how he did better facing a bigger man in Fonfara than he did vs a smaller Canelo.
Either they put something in his food or water and made him become a pacifist or that rehydration clause ensure that the life (or at least, the fight) is sucked totally out of the bigger man in bouts.
Manny vs Oscar, they made sure they had a "Rehydration Clause" written in even though it was not spoken about in public because they wanted to ensure they maintain the so called "invincibility" of Pacquiao to keep the public believing that there was a reason for Floyd to fear facing him so they did not allow De la Hoya aka Fishnets to rehydrate over night which contributed massively to his lethargic behavior.
The shots that Canelo was landing was not able to put Chavez down no more so than Manny's was able to put Oscar down and yet both men stood and seemingly was not able to even throw shots, what kind of placebo makes one that passive??
Many people tried to say that Roy Jones experienced decline after coming back from HW to face Tarver but I beg to differ, Jones as never out of the fights he had with Tarver and was throwing huge shots and even combinations and yet he still got bested by Antonio and then vs Johnson.
How about Ward vs Dawson comes to mind, Chad had nothing in the tank and was easily beaten and beaten up by Andre who isn't even a big puncher at all.
Cotto was not himself when he faced Pacquiao in the CW fight as he was barely able to hurt Manny at all, in fact he never hurt him and we all know that he has power to put down guys at 160 and though he wasn't lethargic he wasn't exactly able to crack like he was accustomed to either. In the 3rd fight between Manny and Morales, we saw how easily Erik was knocked off his feet and seemingly had nothing in his tank and simply quit without even bothering to get up (lethargic behavior) as though he had no energy left.
Please tell me that I'm not simply romanticizing this idea, and for the record; I picked Canelo to beat Chavez Jr (I don't even like this kid).
Am I the only one who sees this as a pattern?
Edited by BrutUalBK, 07 May 2017 - 03:07 PM.